Vlad Tepeş / Vlad the Impaler / Vlad Dracula

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Vlad III, the Wallachian prince known in Romanian as Vlad Tepe?, or Vlad the Impaler was a Romanian and Bulgarian hero who kept the relentless Ottoman advance into Europe at bay. To his historic enemies, chiefly the Hungarians and the Saxons, he was a monster, known for his unique "style" of cruelty and torture and often thought of as the son of the Devil himself.

His father, Vlad II, was a member of the Order of the Dragon, a chivalric order of nobles set up by the Holy Roman Emperor to counter the Ottoman threat. He was known as Vlad Dracul, or Vlad the Dragon, and that is why Vlad III came to be known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad, son of the Dragon.

Vlad the Impaler is infamous for using stakes in order to execute his victims and inspire fear in his enemies. But stories also betray that he engaged in this not just for pragmatism, but for fun. During the centuries of Ottoman occupation and suzerainty in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, he became an increasingly heroic source of inspiration. But tales of his bloodlust never abated and were further enflamed when, over time, the meaning of "dracul" underwent a linguistic shift, changing from "dragon" to "devil", making Vlad Dracula the Son of the Devil, a name that suited his demonic reputation.

He was also a source of inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, quite possibly the most famous vampire.

The design is made after a Vlad Tepes statue, a bust. He is shown among impaled bodies of his enemies, just as history remembers him. He is also in my Halloween collection, that's just for fun because the Internet named Vlad III the undisputed champion of Halloween lawn decoration :)

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